Do not go where the path may lead;
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hugh Anderson (18??-1873) – The son of a wealthy Bell County, Texas cattleman, Anderson followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a cowboy and driving the herds up the Texas Trails to Kansas. He was involved in the Hyde Park Gunfight in Newton, Kansas, and was later killed in a revenge duel.
John Braden (18??-1896) – Working for various stagecoach outfits for several decades before settling down in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Braden died a hero when he saved several people from a burning wagon.
John Butterfield (1801-1869) – Getting his start as a stagecoach driver at the age of 19, Butterfield parlayed his shrewd business sense to own and operate American Express and the Overland Mail Company.
John Simpson Chisum (1824-1884) – John Chisum was a cattle baron who moved longhorn herds from Texas into New Mexico in the mid-1800s, where he founded one of the largest cattle ranches in the American West.
Clanton Gang, aka: The Cowboys – The Clanton family and their ranch hands were a loosely organized gang of outlaws who operated along the Mexican border, stealing cattle, robbing stagecoaches, ambushing teamsters, and committing murder.
William “Buffalo Bill” Frederick Cody (1846-1917) – Buffalo Bill was a freighter, cattle driver, Pony Express rider, Civil War soldier, buffalo hunter, and army scout before he began entertaining great numbers of people in his Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Clark “Old Chieftain” Foss, aka: Old Foss (1819-??) – A boisterous and colorful driver, Foss ran a stage through Napa Valley, California during the 1860s and took many sightseers to the famed geysers in the Calistoga and Geyserville area.
Charles J. Goodnight (1836-1929) – Goodnight was a cowboy and Texas Ranger who blazed the Goodnight-Loving Trail, invented the chuckwagon, and become part owner in one of the largest ranches in the Texas panhandle.
George “Baldy” Green – One of the most popular stage drivers in the Sierra Nevadas, his stages were so prone to robbery that he was finally let go.
Charles C. Haynes (1837-??) – One of the most prominent drivers on the Overland Stage Line, Haynes drove for 20 years.
Ben Holladay (1819-1887) – Holladay began several stagecoach routes and became known as the “Stagecoach King.”
Bose Ikard (1847-1929) – A former slave, Ikard honed his cowboy skills and rode with Charles Goodnight.
Gordon William “Pawnee Bill” Lillie – (1860-1942) – A performer in Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show, Pawnee Bill later formed his own act, becoming so popular he was stiff competition for Buffalo Bill.
Oliver Loving (1812-1867) – A cattle rancher and pioneer of the cattle drive who, along with Charles J. Goodnight, developed the Goodnight-Loving Trail. He was killed by Indians while on a cattle drive.